I'm trying to migrate an existing html website into a custom-built theme. I'm a graphic designer and just learning how to do all this. So far I've been successful in creating the shell (header, footer, sidebars, styled with CSS), but I can't seem to figure out how to migrate a custom user information form into a static page. It's a php/MySQL form that I created in the old site using Dreamweaver that allows users to register and create a profile with their answers to specific preference criteria (mainly a bunch of textareas), and also select specific other users be able to see their information.
I've looked at various plugins that may fit the bill, but nothing really does, especially in the ability to style the fields using my own CSS.
Any advice would be appreciated. I had thought that I would be able to just migrate the database table structure from the old site to the WordPress DB and call the form.php from the body of the main content area in page.php, but I can't figure it out. I'm new to PHP too, but learning quickly. Will this even work the way I'm describing?